13.17 The Thing
|Episode #||Season 13, Episode 17|
|First aired||April 5, 2018|
|Directed by||John F. Showalter|
|Written by||Davy Perez|
|On IMDB||The Thing|
|Outline||Sam and Dean travel to Rhode Island in search of the Seal of Solomon. Meanwhile, Ketch comes to blows with Asmodeus, leading him to reconsider his allegiances.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Fall River, Massachusetts
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In an underground chamber lit by candles, secret cult members, dressed in velvet robes and chanting, drag a woman towards a marble altar. They chain her to the altar and begin conjuring a spell using a vial of blood and adding grace to the ingredients in a chalice. She struggles to escape as the robed priest holds the illuminated chalice aloft and adds the final ingredient, the Seal of Solomon. The Seal, a purple crystal, glows and a beam of bright white light shoots to the ceiling and opens a rift. As the rift opens, a huge tentacle descends and the girl on the altar screams.
Sam has fallen asleep on the illuminated map table surrounded by books. Dean, grinning, creeps up behind him and delicately sticks post-it notes on his shirt. Sam suddenly wakes, suspicious of Dean as he sits down innocently opposite Sam at the table. They speak about the Seal of Solomon and decide to go back to the archives to continuing searching for information on its location. Sam reads that there is a Men of Letters chapter house in Rhode Island where the seal was last seen and they leave immediately.
Sam and Dean reach the location of the Rhode Island chapter house in what appears to be the grounds of an abandoned building. They find a manhole cover with a sort of Aquarian star on it which they are able to open with their bunker key. They jump down into the underground space and find themselves in a dimly-lit corridor. They eventually find a door with a modified Aquarian star on it and enter the room. A collection of photos catches Dean's eye, especially one separate from the others. He reads the details on the back: Sandy Porter '23. In the meantime Sam finds a file named Solomon. As they are searching they hear the desperate cries of a woman in the distance and run towards the sound. As they bash down the door together they fall into an underground chamber and see a young woman tied to a black marble altar. Dean recognizes her as the girl in the photo - Sandy Porter.
Meanwhile, in Hell, Ketch has been summoned by Asmodeus, but on his arrival is told to wait by the Demon guarding the Prince of Hell. He reluctantly sits and waits, reading a child’s comic. Whilst the demon is distracted watching cat videos on his phone, Ketch creeps into Asmodeus' chamber. He sees the Prince of Hell extracting Archangel grace with a syringe from a dirty, cowering, bloodstained Gabriel. Asmodeus then injects the grace into himself.
Sam, Dean, and Sandy, still shocked at being alive after almost 100 years, leave the bunker and head off to a diner. As the waitress takes their order the chef recognizes Sandy and calls a woman dressed in robes who is looking, horrified, at the empty altar. Sandy explains that she met a man who said he was a Man of Letters, who invited her to a secret party. She seems extremely traumatized as she remembers the chanting, the beam of light, and the black tentacles. Dean swears to protect her. Sandy, upset by the memories, excuses herself and gets up. In the kitchen, the chef drugs their food and arms himself with a long curved silver dagger.
Ketch is finally allowed to enter Asmodeus's chamber, where he sees Gabriel cowering in his cell. Asmodeus tells Ketch that he owns him and expects him to do exactly as he is told. Ketch is furious. They speak about how Sam and Dean must be stopped from opening the rift but Ketch, livid with Asmodeus, wants to terminate their agreement. A violent and bloody fight ensues and finishes with Ketch lying crumpled, battered, and beaten, face-down on the floor in front of the Prince of Hell. A terrified Gabriel watches from his cell.
In the diner, Sam and Dean are trying to understand how Sandy is still alive after so long and they begin forming a plan as their food arrives. As a boy goes to leave the diner, he sees robed figures in the car park. At the same time, Sam begins to feel the effect of the sedative in his food and passes out on the table. The lights go off as Sandy comes back. Four robed figures enter the diner and begin attacking customers. One fights with Dean but he overcomes his assailant. Then another attacks Dean and they crash into the kitchen area. Dean yells for Sam and as Sam wakes and attempts to get up to save Dean, he is kidnapped. Sandy stabs Dean’s adversary from behind, saving Dean’s life.
Sam is on his knees, hands tied behind his back, in the woods as the two robed figures explain that their great grandfather Diego Avila, a Man of Letters, desperate to cleanse what he saw as a violent and corrupt world, summoned a God from another dimension. We flash back to Sandy on the altar, screaming as black tentacles envelop her body, sucking the life out of her and leaving her with glowing purple eyes. Sam realizes that Sandy is the God. He returns to the diner and realizes that the boy is dead and Dean is missing.
At the diner, one of the waitresses asks the boy to go outside and see if the robed figures have really disappeared. He gingerly opens the door and ventures outside, terrified and armed only with a small knife. Sandy and her tentacle attack him. Hearing his screams, Dean with gun in hand runs outside and is also attacked by Sandy's tentacle
After Asmodeus injects more grace into his veins and then leaves, Ketch frees Gabriel, takes the grace Asmodeus has been collecting, and they escape.
Dean awakes chained to the marble altar. Yokoth explains what type of god she is. There is a lot of banter between them and she says that because she likes Dean she will allow him to be Glythur's host. She begins the spell to open the rift. She renders Dean mute as a bright light shoots to the ceiling above him and a huge black three-toed tentacle tries to grab Dean's face. Sam arrives and shoots Sandy but doesn't hurt her. Dean is able to free himself using a tiny penknife from his pocket. Sandy’s tentacles throw Sam to the ground as he rushes towards Dean. Diego’s great granddaughter, using the seal of Solomon that Dean throws to her, utters a spell and the tentacles lift Sandy high above the altar, disappearing through the rift as it closes. Sam and Dean take the Seal of Solomon and leave.
Back at the bunker they are shocked to find Ketch and Gabriel. Ketch places the vial of grace and the archangel blade on the table, explaining that Asmodeus tortured Gabriel and is hunting him. Dean, desperate to see Mary and Jack and much to Sam’s surprise, agrees to let Ketch stay in the bunker. With all the ingredients now assembled, they perform the spell to open the rift. Sam wants to go with Dean but Dean refuses to let him, saying he wants to keep Sam safe. Dean and Ketch step through the rift together.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Arthur Ketch
- Diego Avila
- Sandy Porter
- Acting in Unison
- Alternate Universe
- Archangel Blade
- Aquarian Star
- Grace Extractor
- Key to the Bunker
- Men of Letters
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Needham Asylum
- A Practitioner's Guide to Exorcism
- Princes of Hell
- Seal of Solomon
- Son of a Bitch
- Table of Death
- Tree of Life
- "Better Luck Next Time" by Jay Ramsey
- (playing on the booth jukebox in the diner)